|Project by JohnMcClure||posted 10-17-2016 01:51 PM||370 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My 2-year-old is obsessed with airplanes. His favorite is the F4U Corsair, easily recognizable by its inverted-gull-wing front view.
I made him a wooden biplane months ago, and he loves it http://lumberjocks.com/projects/264050 .
I started the Corsair by printing out the overhead and front views, then scroll-sawing 2 thicknesses of 3/4 pine for the fuselage and 3 for the wing. I glued these up and then worked on acheiving the final shape, including whittling, roundover, and committing numerous safety violations on the tablesaw.
I cut out a notch in the bottom of the fuselage to accept the wing, and a saw kerf in the rear to accept the vertical stabilizer. A challenge was installing landing gear – to be a fun toy, it’s gotta have wheels! I have no chisel, nor have I ever used one, but I sharpened up a spare screwdriver and went to town making mortises for wheel struts. The second mortise was surprisingly nice-looking, so it is pictured here.
Overall, there are enough differences from the corsair blueprint, not to mention nicks and character marks, that a model enthusiast wouldn’t like this. And of course the paint job left out lots of details. But my boy loves it!
And he got to watch me make it, and help me paint it.